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Happy First Day of August Wisconsin! We’ve got a quiet weekend here in our state for rugby, but lots to look forward to in the coming weeks. Here’s what happening in our rugby community ...

SEND IN YOUR TEAM SCHEDULES

From Brad Cassetta:
All,
It is that time that I need schedules from the teams and conferences. Please send them to me ASAP. I have 1 schedule that is a rough draft of the college men WIIL conference, the Wisconsin women, and men. Please send it to me ASAP so I can get started with the schedule ().
Thanks
Brad S Casetta Sr
Match referee assigner

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Hard to believe but we’ve only got one summer tournament left. Registration is open for the Stuart Daily Memorial Tournament. Here is the Facebook event page for more info or register directly here.

TWO UPCOMING NATIONAL EVENTS IN REGION

We’re lucky to be in driving distance of two major USA Rugby events coming up in the next few weeks!

Club 7s Nationals in Iowa
The James W. Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines, Iowa, will host the 2015 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club 7s National Championships Aug. 8-9. The domestic championship event for the Olympic version of Rugby Sevens will a rugby haven for 16 men’s and 16 women’s teams seeking hardware. More info here via USA Rugby.

USA vs. Australia at Chicago’s Soldier Field
We’re just 34 days away from another great international rugby event at Chicago’s Soldier Field. We’re sure to see another large contingent of Wisconsin fans from our rugby community down there to cheer on the USA Eagles as they play the Australia Wallabies. More info here via USA Rugby.

RELATED: Did you see this week’s reports on the New Zealand All Blacks returning to the United States in 2016, along with Ireland? Strong possibility of Soldier Field again too!

MEN’S COLLEGIATE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS NAMED

Congratulations to UW-Whitewater’s Robert Sindic who was named to the recently announced USA Rugby Men’s Collegiate Academic All-American list as an honorable mention nominee. You can see the full list here online.

You can also see the women’s list that we shared earlier here.

RUGBY RESOURCES

We’ll be sharing online resources as we look towards Fall 15s starting.

This week, check out the Rugby Fit TV youtube channel for ideas on strength training.

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The Milwaukee Barbarians 7s team looks to qualify for the club national championships this weekend.

It’s the last week of July and our summer tournament season is starting to wind down. Here’s what happening in our rugby community ...

UPCOMING EVENTS

Be sure to check out the Wisconsin Rugby Football Union website for upcoming summer tournaments. Today, teams are up north enjoying the Lumberjack 10s in Minocqua, Wis.

Looking ahead, registration is open for the summer’s final tournament in Madison – the Stuart Daily Memorial Tournament. Here is the Facebook event page for more info or register directly here.

MILWAUKEE BARBARIANS 7s VIE FOR NATIONALS

Good luck to the Milwaukee Barbarians 7s team down at the Firehouse 7s today hosted by the Chicago Blaze. It’s the last stop of the Midwest 7s series and a final shot for the Barbarians to qualify for the National Championships in Iowa, August 8-9. No other men’s or women’s sides in Wisconsin competed in the Midwest series this summer.

Des Moines will host the Club National Championships and is a boon for our local Midwest sides to not travel as far as past years should this qualify. More on Nationals here from USA Rugby.

Per the Barbarians website:
After 4 weeks and 4 first-place finishes, 1823A (Ohio team) automatically advances to Nationals.

The Barbarians D1 side are the second team in the standings table, and with 1823 resting will be the top seed at the Midwest Championships this Saturday in Lemont, IL at the Firehouse 7s.

The Milwaukee rugby club will go to battle with the Lions (Chicago, IL), Griffins, Blaze (Lemont, IL), Wolfhounds (Cincinnati, OH), CARP (Cleveland, OH), Youngbloodz (Minneapolis, MN), and either the Gazelles or WMU.

The winner of the Firehouse 7s will be the second Midwest seed for Nationals regardless of overall standings.

GET READY FOR FALL RUGBY!

We’ll be sharing online resources as we look towards Fall 15s starting.

This week, we’re watching World Rugby’s video – “Shane Williams Stepping Master Class” – to improve your evasive footwork.
Check out the World Rugby (formerly IRB) Youtube Channel here for several more great videos.

USA RUGBY TO LAUNCH DIGITAL CHANNEL

USA Rugby was featured in this week’s Wall Street Journal for the launch of the new online digital channel (Subscription may be required. If you don’t have one, clear your browser’s history/cookies to read it free once). The American offering received a hefty investment from the England RFU as well. For more information, also check out this Goff Rugby Report article discussing the channel and USA Rugby’s for-profit marketing arm, Rugby International Marketing.

usa v aus logoWisconsin is hitting its mid-summer rugby stride and teams are now starting to get organized for Fall 15s as well. Here’s what happening in our rugby community this week ...

UPCOMING EVENTS

Be sure to check out the Wisconsin Rugby Football Union website for upcoming summer tournaments.

USA VS. AUSTRALIA AT SOLDIER FIELD

Chicago is poised to host another great international rugby match at Soldier Field in just 55 days! USA Rugby versus the Australia Wallabies will be held on Saturday, September 5. You can learn more and buy tickets here - http://usarugby.org/usa-v-australia/.

COACHING COURSES IN MIDWEST

There are two nearby USA Rugby Level 200 Coaching Courses coming up in Illinois and Minnesota. Bensonville, Illinois will host a course on Sunday, August 9. One week later, Collegeville, Minnesota will host a course on Saturday, August 15.

Be sure to check out USA Rugby’s coaching course webpage to learn more and sign up. Remember that every registered team must have a certified coach for Fall eligibility purposes.

LAKEFRONT 7s PHOTOS

If you played or attended Lakefront 7s a few weeks ago, be sure to check out the tournament photos. Some really great action shots! And don’t forget to follow Lakefront 7s on Twitter and Like Lakefront 7s on Facebook.

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL 7s UPDATE

Today Wisconsin’s Girls All-Star 7s teams are hosting a first annual All-Star Seven's Tournament in Cottage Grove, near Madison, at the Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex. The afternoon tournament schedule is below and we’ll share recaps from the Wisconsin Girls High School Rugby League facebook page next week.

We will have some of the best HS Girls Rugby players in the Midwest in attendance.

Schedule
1- Wisconsin Red
2- Iowa
3- Wisconsin White
4 - Minnesota

Noon 1 Wisconsin Red - 2 Iowa
12:20 PM 3 Wisconsin White - 4 Minnesota
12:40 PM Break
1:00 PM 2 Iowa - 3 Wisconsin White
1:20 PM 1 Wisconsin Red - 4 Minnesota
1:40 PM Break
2:00 PM 2 Iowa - 4 Minnesota
2:20 PM 1 Wisconsin Red - 3 Wisconsin White
2:40 PM Break
3:00 PM Break
3:20 PM 3rd/4th place game
3:40 PM 1st/2nd place game
4:00 PM Awards
4:15 PM Pizza Social

It's hot, humid, and rumor is that WRFU VP Todd Streeter brought us up today's weather from Florida. But let's think of some cooler weather and start thinking about your Fall 15s preseason too. Here’s what happening in our rugby community ...

UPCOMING EVENTS

Be sure to check out the Wisconsin Rugby Football Union website for upcoming summer tournaments.

This weekend is Pigfest 10s in Oshkosh (Sold out!) for several of our local teams. We’ll also see two sides from the Milwaukee Barbarians play in the Men’s Midwest Qualifier and Men’s Open Division of the Rock Hard 7s in Grand Rapids, Mich. Next weekend, the Lumberjack 10s will be held in Minocqua, Wis., hosted by the Milwaukee Black and Blue.

Squats Baby Meme ImageFALL PRE-SEASON FITNESS

July is already half over and the Fall 15s seasons will be opening up in a few weeks. We’ll be sharing some resources for pre-season fitness and skills for rugby of all levels in the coming weeks.

This week, Ulster Rugby has loaded up several videos as rugby resources for their youth programs (but suitable for all ages really). Some great information and demonstrations to see.

Also, check out Rugby World’s videos – Drive Mauls Like England and Scrummage like Dan Cole – for more lifting and fitness ideas.

EAGLES VS. WALLABIES SEPT. 5

Chicago is poised to host another great international rugby match at Soldier Field! USA Rugby versus the Australia Wallabies will be held on Saturday, September 5. You can learn more and buy tickets here - http://usarugby.org/usa-v-australia/.

This week saw Australian Wing Nick “Honey Badger” Cummins and teammates in Chicago to attend some promotional events and meet local ruggers. There are some additional events to meet/listen to the Wallabies this weekend.

Saturday, July 18, 2015
9:00am – 9:30 pm In-Studio Radio Interview with ESPN 1000
10:030am – 11:30am Adult clinic with CARFU at Revere Park
11:30am -12:30pm Kids clinic organized by Park District and Waipiti Rugby Club
8:00pm Chicago Craft Beer Festival – introduction of two bands
2200 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
9:15pm Taylor Swift Concert

Sunday, July 19, 2015
1:15 pm Possible Taped interview at WGN-TV

UPCOMING RUGBY COURSES

Coaching Course in Midwest
There are two nearby USA Rugby Level 200 Coaching Courses coming up in Illinois and Minnesota. Bensonville, Illinois will host a course on Sunday, August 9. One week later, Collegeville, Minnesota will host a course on Saturday, August 15.

Be sure to check out USA Rugby’s coaching course webpage to learn more and sign up. Remember that every registered team must have a certified coach for Fall eligibility purposes.

Referee Courses Online
There are no upcoming referee courses in our region, however USA Rugby has courses online that you might be interested in. We’ll be sure to share any courses that pop up in our area in the future!

Sheboygan Silverbacks versus Fond du Lac - Photo by Gary Klein/Sheboygan Press Media

Sheboygan Silverbacks' Josh Cook (14) grips the ball during action with Fond du Lac Tuesday June 30, 2015 in Sheboygan. (Photo: Gary C. Klein/Sheboygan Press Media)

Wisconsin takes a small break from rugby action this weekend to celebrate the 4th of July and America! But we still have some great updates from around the Sconnie Nation pitches. Here’s what happening in our rugby community this week ... and remember, the sparkley parts of fireworks should be pointed away from your face.

REFEREE ASSIGNMENTS

Via Brad Casetta - A full month of June with 7s every weekend has passed. What a great time each tournament has been with Lakefront 7s ending June! It is time for a break and the 4th of July weekend is well needed. There is one more sevens tournament of the summer. That is the Lion Hunter 7s in Oconomowoc July 11th. Then it’s the Brian Bowers Pigfest 10s in Oshkosh July 18th, Lumberjack 10s in Minocqua July 25th and Stuart Daily Memorial 10s, August 8.
Have a great 4th weekend!

KUXMANN RETURNS FROM SOUTH AFRICA REF TRAINING

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Local Wisconsin referee Cody Kuxmann recently returned from South Africa and an intensive rugby referee training program.

USA Rugby has a nice article on his training abroad and the overall experience. Great work Cody!

LAKEFRONT 7s

Lakefront 7s was another huge success! As one of the many usual rugby suspects commented on the day, it is like Rugby New Year’s thanks to all the great matches and running into everyone you know from far and wide.

You can help make next year’s Lakefront 7s even better by taking this survey here. The organizers are looking for your feedback before this Monday, July 6. And don’t forget to follow Lakefront 7s on Twitter and Like Lakefront 7s on Facebook to check out this past weekend’s results, photos, and updates!

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE

Girls All-Star 15s
The Wisconsin Girls U-19 Selects traveled to Rockford, Ill., this past weekend to compete in a second All-Star Weekend. Here’s a recap from the Wisconsin Girls High School Rugby League facebook page:

Here are the results of last week-ends RCT All-Star tournament in Rockford, IL.

Varsity, Day 1:
WI 17 Ohio North 41: This game was close until mid-way through the 2nd half when Ohio North scored 3 late tries to put the game away. The Ohio North team is very good and is made up primarily of players from two schools in the Cleveland area, St Joe and Lakewood.
WI 15 IL 15: WI scored a late try to salvage a tie in this game.

Varsity, Day 2:
WI 29 IL 5: Wisconsin dominated this game, scoring five tries to IL one try.
WI 14 Ohio North 31: The WI girls played much better on Sunday against Ohio North. The half ended with the score 12-7 in Ohio's favor on a Wisconsin turnover on the Ohio 2 meter line. Each team scored in the beginning of the 2nd half and the score was 19-14. Ohio scored two late tries to pull away.

Junior Varsity, Day 1
WI 22 Erie Renegades 7
WI 42 Erie Renegades 5
The JV team played two games of 10's on Saturday as Erie had only 15 players on their roster. They looked dominating in their effort.

Girls All-Star 7s
The rosters have been set for the two Wisconsin teams taking part in our first annual All-Star Seven's Tournament being held in Cottage Grove at the beautiful Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex. The tournament will start at Noon on Saturday July 11. We will be joined by Iowa (and we think Minnesota) for a round robin tournament.

We feel we have a lot of talent on both teams and we hope to take a team on the road to tournaments like Las Vegas and Atlanta next Spring. We split the teams up evenly and the rosters are as follows:

Wisconsin Red
Meg Walker Senior DSHA
Shamice Cole Senior DSHA
Maeve Hanley Junior DSHA
Sarah Clarke Soph. DSHA
Allison Koenig Fresh. Catholic Memorial
Meaghan Schmidt Junior Catholic Memorial
Megan Bird Soph. Oak Creek
Aliana Cervera Junior Oak Creek
Lauren Bucholz Fresh. Oak Creek
Monique Foster Soph Vernon
Mercede Champlin Soph Vernon

Wisconsin White
Emily Winter Senior Brookfield
Reina Anderson Senior Brookfield
Abby Andler Soph Brookfield
Sam Bartz-Kolp Junior Brookfield
Areliz Rivera Fresh Brookfield
Morgan Pinzer Senior Brookfield
Aiyanna Primer Soph Brookfield
Nicky Lehto Fresh Brookfield
Ally Rusch Junior Muskego
Maggie Kelley Junior Fond du Lac
Aliana Passarella Fresh Fond du Lac

MEN’S COLLEGIATE UPDATE

The WIIL men’s rugby collegiate conference (Wisconsin-Illinois) has a new Facebook page to follow for scores and updates. They shared a great article from the Sheboygan Press about the new team starting up in Sheboygan, Wis., with some alumni from both UW-Platteville and UW-Stout. Great to see rugby back in Sheboygan again!

USA WOMEN’S CAPTAIN HAILS FROM WISCONSIN

In Case You Missed It ... The USA Rugby Women’s National team defeated Canada this week in a superseries match, 36-28, in Canada. The team was lead in this victory by Jane Paar, a center who hails from Wisconsin and played her high school rugby for the Brookfield Bruisers.
It’s always great to see local talent rise up to the top levels of rugby in our country!